11 strictest rules Royal Family must follow at all times – including no selfies

Think being a member of the Royal Family must be a walk in the park? Think again.

There are hundreds of rules which simply must be followed to the letter or there will be more than a rolling of the eyes.

Some are obvious – polite behaviour and no foul language are a given.

But others you wouldn't expect, like the rumoured ban on playing Monopoly at the Palace.

There is also said to be another which stipulates you can’t eat garlic in the presence of the Queen.

Being part of the royal family isn’t all tiaras and travel, it's hard work and you can't step foot out of line.

You would probably need to keep the rulebook with you at all times.

We've picked out 11 of the must-follow regulations all family members must abide by.

Prince Philip must walk behind the Queen

They may have been married since 1947, but there is a very specific reason why Prince Philip must walked behind his wife.

The Orders of Precedence still exists – Queen Elizabeth II is of course the top of the royal family’s hierarchy and this must always be reflected.

Two heirs can't fly together

Just in case anything happens, two heirs to the throne can't be on board the same plane.

It's an unwritten rule to make sure the Royal lineage is protected, and has been followed for years.

So once Prince George turns 12, he won't be on the same aircraft as dad Prince William.

You can't just propose off the cuff

According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, all royal descendants must seek the monarch’s approval before popping the question.

So forget about a spur-of-the-moment proposal.

The rule states that “every marriage, or matrimonial contract, of any such descendant, without such consent first had and obtained, shall be null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.”

However, the rule was updated in 2013 with the Succession to the Crown act, meaning today only the first six Royals in line to the throne require the monarch’s permission.

No political views

The Royals must remain neutral at all times, regardless of how bad things get.

There can be no comments about political parties or the government – and questions can't be asked by reporters.

A baby’s gender is a secret

Royal rules mean the baby's gender is revealed after the child's birth.

So that's why we haven't been invited to gender reveal parties on the Buckingham Palace lawn.

Of course, there is no rule that says the couple can't find out – but it must remain a secret from the public.

No autographs or selfies

Famous or not, they Royals are not entertainers.

The family are strictly not allowed to sign autographs or pose for selfies when out and about.

So don't waste your time asking.

Autographs can't be signed because of the risk of forging signatures. Meanwhile, it's thought they aren't supposed to take selfies because this would involve the person turning their back to the Royal – which is frowned upon.

Female members' coats stay on

In public, female members of the household are not permitted to remove their coats.

They must find a private place out of sight if they get too hot.

Back to black

Royals should always pack a black outfit with them, regardless of where they go and for how long.

In case of the death of a relative, they must always be ready.

The rule came in force after the Queen visited Kenya with Prince Philip in 1952.

She received the sad news that her father, George VI, had passed away, but she hadn’t packed any dark clothing.

This meant she had to return to the UK in “unsuitable clothing”.

Wedding party must include children

This one we love – let's be honest, the cute kids make every royal wedding.

The rules state that you must include them, even if they have a history of being naughty or you just don't want them running about.

When you Queen stands, you stand

This one is quite obvious.

It's protocol for everyone – and no royal ever remains seated when the Queen rises.

Women must wear hats at formal events

The message is simple – the fancier, the better.

All formal occasions must see a hat worn on ladies' heads at all times.

Only back in residence can they be removed.

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